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What We’re Reading: Feb. 2 – Feb. 8

The end of EveryBlock, Monopoly’s new token, and Florida foreclosures

If you were an EveryBlock fan, you know that the hyper-local news site is no more. It abruptly shut down this week as owner NBC decided it just wasn’t paying the bills. Hyper-local news was going to be the next big thing. News about your community, your street and your block. What happened?

Facebook’s latest ‘new feature’ – have we been crying out for any of these? – is Graph Search, giving a basic search functionality to you or your friends’ profiles. Now you can find out if cousin Martha really did wish you a happy birthday in 2010. But what it also does is open up your profile from the beginning, those wild days of yesteryear when maybe you weren’t so picky about your privacy settings. Well if that gives you the shudders, the Wall Street Journal has a nice blog post on How to Prepare Your Facebook Profile’s Privacy for Graph Search.

Being in real estate, we of course keep track of changes to the greatest real estate game of them all – Monopoly. This week the venerable board game threw out the dreaded iron token, replacing it with a cat.

Instagram started on the iPhone, came to Android, and now is available on the web.

NPR had an interesting story this week on the ongoing pain foreclosures are giving to the Florida real estate market.

More often than not, the headphones you see on the young punk sitting next to you on the train will sport the distinctive ‘b’ of the brand Beats by Dr. Dre. While some say the brand is overpriced and the sound not that great, if there’s any headphones to counter Apple’s white earbuds, these are the ones. The story of their start, a tech company in way over its head, and how Dre and his backers managed to take control of the brand, makes for an interesting read this week on Gizmodo.

For those in need of a little humor to bust those winter blues, we recommend checking out the reviews for The Mountain Three Wolf Moon Short Sleeve Tee (click the link for “2,365 customer reviews”).

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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